Spring break doesn’t have to mean beer-pong tournaments and all-night parties. Head to these quiet destinations instead.
It’s no longer as simple as picking a new color beanie. Structured, brimmed hats are back, and there are plenty of styles to choose from.
Let’s pretend you’re traveling abroad. It’s getting dark outside. You’re thinking about where to go out. What’s your first idea? For many, it’s “going to a nightclub.” Not a bad idea—it is night, after all, and you pretty much know what to expect. But if you’re halfway around the world, why not switch up the routine? If you’re looking for a little
The weather is no excuse for not being fashionable.
An artist and a fashion designer explain why Miami's style is so bright, both aesthetically and culturally.
Austin's sense of style is singular—SXSW musicians and a local boutique owner explain why.
Turn your vacation into an adventure by climbing the massive limestone steps of this 600-foot waterfall.
With so many Nashville music venues, it’s hard to know where to start. Our decision tree will help you get rolling.
If you want to win the respect of the locals, leave your short shorts and designer logos at home.
Want to see the Eiffel Tower without a passport? Head to Texas. This road trip passes by Old World monuments that live on New World soil.
"Michael Kors is such an iconic American brand," said David Yassky, ideel’s editorial fashion director. “It’s really chic, classic, clean—that’s what I really like about him. He’s … a little bit Americana, kind of nautical.”
The Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy Gale may seem like an odd inspiration for high fashion, but the designers at the Spring/Summer 2015 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week managed to pull it off. Country-blue gingham was a staple on the runways, courtesy of heavyweights like Michael Kors and Diane von Furstenberg.
Shawls might be Stevie Nicks’s signature look, but wearing them wasn’t initially her idea—she adopted them after receiving one as a gift in the 1960s.
At the spring 2014 runway shows, designers proved that men’s fashion can be just as cyclical as women’s fashion. Raf Simons showed collared onesies reminiscent of Victorian-era jumpers, and Dries Van Noten revisited the short shorts of the mid-20th century. These looks may not appeal to today’s everyman, but there was a time they did. When looking back through the history of men’s fashion, one would have to wonder if past generations wouldn’t find jeans and business suits more radical than, say, a cape or a neck ruff.
In her first-ever American film, Morocco (1930), Marlene Dietrich made quite the Hollywood debut. She donned a tuxedo, puffed cigarettes, and kissed a girl—acts considered revolutionary given the rigid gender norms of the time. But offscreen, the blurring of gender lines had been occurring in fashion for some time. In the 19th century, the dandyism movement found men shaping their silhouettes with corsets and skirted jackets; in turn, the flappers of the 1920s rejected traditionally feminine styles in favor of loose clothing and bobbed hair.
There’s no denying that fashion is cyclical. Because of this, some of today’s trends are decades—even centuries—old. We dug up the history behind three of today’s most popular, and mapped out their connections to philosophy, politics, economics, and youth culture.
On Saturday, the Art Institute of Chicago unveiled its newest exhibition, Onchi Koshiro: The Abstract Prints. Koshiro was a leader in sosaku hanga, a printmaking movement that brought Japan international acclaim after World War II. Decades later, his abstract designs continue to feel relevant—the artistic prints seen on Chanel’s and Celine’s S/S 2014 runways bear a striking resemblance to Koshiro’s work. And thanks to designers such as MSGM and Rachel Comey, who featured similar aesthetics in their 2014 F/W shows, the vibrant trend doesn’t seem to show any signs of fading.
This year’s brutally cold winter always meant it would feel especially sweet to soak in the summer sun on one of the city’s patios. Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite new places to dine alfresco. But here’s the twist: we’ve also matched each restaurant’s style with an outfit that adopts some of spring 2014’s biggest trends, including pleated skirts, jump suits, and sneakers. It turns out the only thing that goes better with tartine than a glass of wine is a crop top and sandals.
Crop tops are nothing new. The ‘90s throwback—which first reappeared on the 2011 spring runways of Rodarte and Giorgio Armani—has managed to survive, despite many predictions that it would quickly go out of style. They were still quite popular during the S/S 2014 shows, favored by designers including Peter Som and Jill Stuart. Perhaps because crop tops are a functional way to beat the heat: though Som’s sporty look was quite different than Stuart’s edgy one, both designers’ garments sat high above the natural waist.
There’s something alarming about the global trend of throwing American-themed parties, and it’s not the staggering volume of popcorn being consumed—it’s the attire. Attendees typically wear basketball jerseys, cowboy boots, and hats fashioned out of red plastic cups. Perhaps it’s time to set a new standard for American style. The three flag-inspired outfits below range from subtle to statement-making and come just in time for Independence Day.
Sweaters may seem all wrong for summer, but designers such as Jason Wu and Band of Outsiders cemented them as a warm-weather trend during their Spring/Summer 2014 runway shows. Wu showcased an elegant spin on the trend, pairing classic sweaters with pencil skirts, while Band of Outsiders sported up its knits with zippered skirts and crew socks. The designs aren’t as heavy as their wintertime counterparts, of course; their lighter yarns and open weaves make them perfect to toss over tanks as the summer sun sets. Here’s our take on the trend, anchored by a boat-neck sweater with a nautical-inspired color palette.
In the early 1900s, fashion was in a very conservative place, as Victorian-era full skirts, corsets, and high collars reigned supreme. Over the next 100 years, however, the world would see the introduction of flapper dresses, miniskirts, and decorative safety pins, making the 20th century perhaps the most revolutionary in the history of fashion. Here, we’ve created a timeline of design movements that have left a lasting mark on this transient industry.
Summer’s answer to the LBD, little white dresses have been making the red-carpet rounds for years, most recently on fashion It girls Lupita Nyong’o and Alexa Chung, in Lanvin and Chanel respectively. These two designers, along with Thakoon and Carolina Herrera, ensured that white is the color of the season at their Spring/Summer 2014 fashion shows, where they debuted look after crisp white look in styles that ran the gamut from glamorous to sporty.
It started with a candid photo of newly crowned princess Grace Kelly. Now you’re no one unless a designer makes a bag that mimics your style.
As the unofficial gateway to summer, Memorial Day weekend is often packed with barbecues, boating, and parades. So whether you’re spending the holiday out of town or on a staycation, there’s no time to be wasted obsessing over outfits. Below, we’ve built a small collection that can be easily mixed and matched for everything from days at the beach to fancy dinners, while still fitting in a light-as-air weekender bag.
When Kahindo Mateene and her family left Zaire—now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and her home for 16 years—the country was on the brink of a major crisis. A political conflict was brewing in neighboring Rwanda, which soon erupted into a genocide that helped spark the First Congo War. The countless Congolese affected faced brutal treatment, including extreme poverty and, for many women, rape. The Mateenes got out just in time—had they stayed in the country, they may have become trapped by the violence and not permitted to leave.
Covering up doesn’t have to mean dressing down. Update your rain gear with playful umbrellas and waterproof footwear less clunky than rain boots.
It’s tradition. But it doesn’t have to feel dated. Update the look with an understated hat and modern palazzo pants.
It’s moderately warmer out! Celebrate with the flowing trousers and lilac accents that have been trending since New York Fashion Week.
Yes, men accessorize too. Here are the sunglasses, scarves, sneakers, and totally masculine leather bags they’ll be into this spring.
You just have to be willing to DIY a little. Here are five easy projects even a big-budget bride could love.
Eighty years ago this week, Mildred “Babe” Didrikson pitched a no-hit inning in the MLB. Honor her with a sporty winter-to-spring transitional outfit.
Not feeling the poofy dress? Check out these 10 unconventional gowns, some of which aren’t even white.
Twenty years after her brand’s debut, designer Consuelo Castiglioni showed her signature stoles at Milan Fashion Week. We replicated the look with more affordable pieces.
Our five favorite Oscars trends organized by color. Because one can never have enough color-coded Oscars fashion.
What will future generations learn about how we lived? Field Museum curators are collecting the items and stories that'll soon be history.
How unlikely was it for the franchise to appear on two separate Fashion Week runways? Never tell us the odds.
Inside Space519, the “refined general store” that sells hand-painted jewelry, niche grooming products, and, if you really twist their arms, giant animals used as nightclub props.
Discover your new favorite clothier amid these six NYFW designers you’ve maybe never heard of.
Flowers are nice and all, but chances are he'd rather get a gift that lets him brew beer and dress like James Bond.
Planning the perfect outfit takes long enough. Save time with these two quick makeup routines.
Models are strolling the runway in high-fashion versions of the comfy kicks. Quick, put on this sneaker-friendly outfit while you still have time to rest your toes.
At Tabula Tua, you can buy fine china from European artisans right in Lincoln Park. We highlight four dish sets, including one by a Kentucky artist who sometimes paints for Queen Elizabeth II.
In a 1956 episode of I Love Lucy, Lucy Ricardo tickled American audiences as she traipsed around Paris in what she thought was a designer frock, but was actually a burlap sack gag-gifted to her from Ricky. Behind the scenes, the joke wore a clever second layer: the sack was meant to be a parody of Spanish couturier Cristobal Balenciaga’s revolutionary chemise dress, a boxy design that freed women from the cinched waists of Christian Dior’s then-ubiquitous New Look.
Fifty years ago this month, the Beatles released their first album stateside. Mark the occasion with looks inspired by the band’s mod-turned-psychedelic-turned-hippie style.
Yes, black is chic, but day after day it can be draining. Instead, try winter fashions in florals and bold colors.
Two ensembles—one for going out, one for staying in—that celebrate the glitz and glamour of the holiday.
Calendars get crowded around the holidays. It’s not unusual to go straight from work to a last-minute shopping trip, and then on to an office party or gift exchange with friends. Although it can feel overwhelming to dress for a night out before the morning coffee’s even kicked in, it’s actually quite simple if you keep two tips in mind: choose classic silhouettes, and pocket a couple of colorful or glitzy accessories.
Two steps into Chicago’s annual Christkindlmarket was all it took to get me excited about the holidays—a rarer and rarer feat these days as I stumble further into adulthood. Daley Plaza had again been transformed into a quaint little marketplace, all dressed up with bright lights, festive candy stripes, and a giant Christmas tree. The deep chimes of nearby church bells sang through the plaza. Were it not for the telltale honks of city drivers or the iconic Picasso statue slicing through the sky, you might’ve convinced me I’d traveled back in time, perhaps to Germany’s first-ever Christkindlmarket in 1545.
Perhaps the most famous opera reference in pop culture is seen in Pretty Woman, when Richard Gere dresses Julia Roberts in a sweeping red gown and glittering jewels to see La Traviata. Nearly 25 years later, a typical evening at Chicago’s Lyric Opera may feature a crowd dressed just as elegantly—even if it doesn’t begin with a Hollywood star playfully snapping at your hand with a box containing a million-dollar necklace. (Though, as luck would have it, the Lyric’s production of La Traviata is running now through December 20.)
There’s no getting around the fact that holiday travel is stressful—everyone’s on the move, so airports become overcrowded very quickly. Couple this with inclement weather, and you could be stuck in a veritable purgatory caused by flight delays and frozen planes.
For many, weekday wardrobes are defined by what their workplace says they must wear. And even if you’re one of the lucky few with a casual dress code, there’s something about dressing for a day off that’s exceptionally more interesting. Luckily, between Chicago Fashion Week and the many pumpkin- and beer-related festivals (including the Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival and the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer), there’s nary a weekend devoid of exciting events that call for a casual yet put-together outfit in the coming months. Those more inclined to spend crisper months indoors can check out the Field Museum’s new exhibit, Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair, which chronicles the historic showcase of human innovation that birthed the museum itself.
The Chicago designer who’s dressed Oprah and Michelle Obama will debut a new line—if she can raise $250K by October 14.
There’s hardly a more quintessential autumn day than one spent at an apple orchard. It’s crisp, yet sunny, and leaves crunch underfoot as you wander among branches hung heavy with sweet, ripe fruit. For those looking for more than just enough fruit to bake a pie that rivals Hoosier Mama's, many area orchards offer visitors a day full of fall festivities, from farmer’s markets and pumpkin patches to duck races and petting zoos. Though comfort is important on these long days spent outdoors, fall fashion provides ample opportunity to look both chic and rugged while layering against the October chill. (And if it’s unseasonably warm, you could always cool off with one of Edwards Orchard West’s infamous cider slushies.)
Many were buzzing about seeing Naomi Campbell and Karen Elson return to the runway for September’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, but the supermodels’ return was made all the more triumphant by the covetable looks they wore from Diane von Furstenberg and Jason Wu. The designers previewed some of spring 2014’s freshest trends—graphic black-and-white and metallics, respectively—with admirable restraint, creating surprisingly wearable looks.
Though it's been months since Anna Sui and Zac Posen debuted their fall collections at New York Fashion Week, the coat-and-scarf weather necessary to don their looks has only just arrived. The trends that emerged on those runways ran the gamut from grunge revival to stark gray minimalism. Some pieces may prove to be gleeful impulse purchases you only wear twice, while others become timeless classics that transition easily from one year to the next. Find both this season with these high fashion–inspired looks.
Though it coincides with Fashion Week in New York, Milan, and Paris, September can be an awkward month for fashion in Chicago. As the temperature rises and drops without warning, and the winds threaten to sweep you off your inappropriately sandal-clad feet, it's harder than ever to pick out an outfit in the morning. The day's events may take you from a frigid office to the patio of Old Oak Tap for drinks, or a walk through Humboldt Park to witness the changing leaves. Extend the life of your fair-weather wardrobe with the creative use of tights and layering and catch the last few rays of sun as summer slowly slinks away.
Like most people, Angie Starz—who teaches at Village Yoga in Ukrainian Village—had a daily routine. Coffee, commute, a nine-to-five grind, commute, yoga, and whatever semblance of a social life she could squeeze in afterward. From the moment she woke up, she would feel her stress level steadily rising, and it wasn’t until she tiptoed into the yoga studio’s quiet sanctuary that she experienced calm. “Yoga was my secret indulgence,” she says. “It was the one thing that got me through the work week.
Though summer may be coming to a close, the City of Chicago keeps the season's spirit alive through its SummerDance series in Grant Park's Spirit of Music Garden. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, seasoned and novice dancers alike twirl in harmony, stomping out a veritable United Nations of dance steps ranging from tango's passionate pirouettes to the lindy hop's rebellious gyrations. Local musicians such as Papo Santiago y Orquesta Infraverda, an Afro-Caribbean and Latin jazz band, coax out each step. Complete beginners need not worry—every SummerDance session begins with a free lesson from the likes of instructors from Arthur Murray Dance Centers and the Irish Music School of Chicago.
The sands of Oak Street Beach may be scorching on a hot summer day, but beach-goers don't seem to care—many find refuge with a bottle of Corona at the recently revamped Oak Street Beach Food + Drink. Out on the water, sailboats glide serenely by and speedboats whip past, water-skiers in tow. When they need a break, boaters can tie off at the docks of Quay, Bridge House Tavern, and Dolphin, where the dress code requires something a little more formal than a bathing suit and flip-flops.
Fresh from their California wedding, George Lucas and Mellody Hobson—a Chicago native and president of Ariel Investments—brought Hollywood glamour to the Windy City with a party in Promontory Park on June 30. The star-studded event saw the likes of Robin Williams, Laura Mulleavy, and Henry Ford all mingled together within a massive 40,000-foot tent. Even more impressive than the size was its opulence: in true Lucas fashion, the vast ceiling was painted with faraway galaxies and strung with glittering chandeliers. Though most weddings won't include a performance from Prince or a merry band of wookies, Chicago offers myriad romantic settings for summer weddings. Whether you're attending a ceremony in the Chicago Botanic Garden or stuffing your face at a reception at the surprisingly romantic Salvage One, the right outfit will make you feel like the belle of the ball without showing up the bride.
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness—these are the principles we honor with loud noises on the Fourth of July. After the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, Americans celebrated with gunfire, bonfires, and fireworks. The vibrant lights and celebratory booms screamed into the sky above the happy brouhaha, kicking off what would become the holiday's most beloved tradition. This Fourth of July, carry the torch onward at Navy Pier's annual fireworks spectacle; in Pilsen, the site of perhaps the city’s best neighborhood display; or by staying home and flicking the lights on and off. Wherever you choose to celebrate, this red, white, and blue outfit is likely to be the subtlest expression of patriotism you see.
Chicago’s summer-festival circuit is a prime opportunity to observe a colorful, if sweaty, cross section of the city’s populace. You can thank the festivals’ diverse lineups for drawing such a diverse crowd. This July, Pitchfork Music Festival welcomes headliners R. Kelly and Björk, finally bridging the gap between R&B fans and people who dress like birds. Across the city, the Lollapalooza juggernaut manages to pack devotees of everything from Mumford & Sons to Nine Inch Nails into Grant Park. The season winds down with the North Coast Music Festival at the end of August, where the surviving members of Wu-Tang Clan will perform their seminal album 36 Chambers to an audience of likely Disco Biscuits followers. Whichever festival you attend, do as much people watching as show watching and celebrate the crazy congregation in an outfit that’s eclectic, comfortable, and cool.
In his new reboot of The Great Gatsby, director Baz Luhrmann brings F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age tale to life with costumes by Miuccia Prada and a soundtrack executive produced by Jay-Z. It’s par for the course for Luhrmann, who had actors recite Shakespeare’s iambic pentameter amid southern California suburban sprawl in 1996’s Romeo + Juliet, and opened 2001’s Moulin Rouge with a medley that included Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” As excitement over the film reaches a fever pitch, step back in time, but stay current with a flapper-inspired look perfect for sipping cocktails at Green Mill or Ada Street, or rowing a boat against the current until your arms give out.